Men’s Ice Hockey Edges Nor’easters, 7-5

BIDDEFORD, Maine – Forward Mike Richard (Derry, N.H.) scored his second hat trick of the season to lift the Saint Anselm College men's ice hockey team to a 7-5 victory over the Nor'easters of the University of New England Friday evening at the Biddeford Ice Arena.  With the win, the Hawks collect their fifth-straight win to stand at 12-8-3 overall and 7-8-2 within ECAC Men's East play.  The Nor'easters dropped their 12th-straight contest, falling to 3-18-2 overall on the season and to 1-16-0 within conference play.

Forward Sean Jenkins (Boston, Mass.) scored the game-winning goal at 4:54 of the third period, placing the Hawks ahead by a 6-3 margin early in the period.  Forward Liam McKillop (New York, N.Y.) and defenseman Greg Crovo (Melrose, Mass.) collected assists on the play, with McKillop tallying his sixth multi-point game of the season.  The goal was Jenkins' second game-winning goal of his career.

With the Hawks trailing after the first period following a Kyle MacLennan unassisted goal at 5:30 of the period, the middle stanza opened with three goals scored in less than one minute of play.  The Nor'easters first goal of the period, scored by forward Adam Laite, was sandwiched between two Richard goals, scored at 3:26 and 4:12, respectively, to knot the score at two.

Forward Tim King (Weymouth, Mass.) scored his seventh goal of the season, placing Saint Anselm ahead by a 3-2 score at 12:53 of the second period.  Forward Tucker Mullin (Andover, Mass.) would reach double-digit goal totals for the second time in his career, scoring at 18:00 to double up the Nor'easters by a 4-2 margin.  MacLennan would pot his second of the game only 1:27 after Mullin's strike, reducing the deficit to one goal.

Two Saint Anselm goals with just under five minutes expired in the period would secure the victory, their second over the Nor'easters this season and their fourth win against the University of New England program all-time.  Prior to Jenkins' game-winning goal, Richard completed the hat trick at 1:19 of the period, scoring his 11th goal of the season in the process.  Defenseman Greg Merrill (Brighton, Mich.) and forward Johnny Daniels (Andover, Mass.) collected assists on Richard's goal.

A late rally by the Nor'easters, keyed by goals from forwards Zach Lokey and Zeth Zielinski, was extinguished with an empty net goal from Daniels to secure the 7-5 victory for Saint Anselm.

Hawks goaltender Robert Kang (Glen Rock, N.J.) earned his fifth-straight victory in net for Saint Anselm, turning aside 31-of-36 shots on net for his eighth win of the season.  Nor'easters netminder Ian Edwards was saddled with his 15th defeat of the season, allowing six goals on 38 shots on goal.

Saint Anselm was 2-for-8 on the power play.  The University of New England was 1-for-3 with the man advantage.

NOTABLES: Saint Anselm is undefeated (4-0-0) against the Nor'easters dating back to their program's inception prior to the 2009-10 ice hockey season… As a team, the Hawks have won six of their last seven games…Forward Tucker Mullin has scored in each game in program history against the University of New England, scoring four goals and two assists for six points (4-2=6)…Forward Tim King recorded a goal and two assists for three points (1-2=3) this evening, extending his career-high point streak to 12 games - across that span, King has tallied four goals and 17 assists for 21 points (4-17=21)…Goaltender Robert Kang has recorded victories in his last five starts dating back to a 7-4 win over the Purple Knights of Saint Michael's College on Feb. 4…Forward Mike Richard posted his second career hat trick as well as his second career four-point game (3-1=4).
 
Saint Anselm concludes their regular season on a four-game road trip, playing the third game against the Huskies of the University of Southern Maine on Saturday, Feb. 18 in a 4:00 p.m. contest.  Stay up to date with the latest news directly from the Saint Anselm College athletic department by following along on Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/STAHawks) and Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/STAHawks).